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What’s in our Shopping Carts?

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist With a current buying power of $1 trillion, manufacturers and marketers should be paying careful attention to the shopping patterns of African-American consumers. The latest report on Black consumers, Resilient, Receptive and Relevant: The African-American Consumer 2013 Report, illustrates how much of that spending breaks down:  Our annual retail spending makes up 87 ...

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Annual Woman Against Domestic Violence Rally

By: Jazmyne Walker WCW Staff Writer The pews at Hope Community Church, 5900 W. Iowa were filled with ladies in purple.  Balloons and purple banners decorated the sanctuary as residents and city officials came together for Ald. Deborah Graham’s annual Women Against Domestic Violence. October represents Domestic Violence Awareness Month and domestic violence prevention advocates provided Chicagoans with usefu ...

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Trailblazing Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic Opens New Facility

Trailblazing Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic Opens New Facility at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago Illinois VA Director is among those scheduled to celebrate John Marshall’s newly renovated space in downtown Chicago for its veterans legal assistance program. The veterans free legal clinic at The John Marshall Law School becomes the largest such facility in the U.S., with the inaugural ope ...

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A longtime police officer to be remembered

by John E. Davis Community activists and residents of Chicago’s West Side will gather to honor and to say farewell to Sgt. Robert McGaha, who died this week following a long illness. He was a dedicated Chicago police officer for 27 years. He served the department and the citizens of Chicago with distinction and dignity. He will be remembered for the positive impact he made on the lives of West Side resident ...

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Selecting the Right Type of Insurance

By: Linda Moore We understand why we need to buy life insurance — to help protect our families, businesses, and assets from the risk of dying. Often, the larger question is what type of life insurance is appropriate for our needs.  Regardless of the type you choose, life insurance death proceeds are paid to the beneficiary(ies) generally income-tax free. The two main categories of life insurance are Term an ...

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The Public Officials Award

Commissioner Debra Shore of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, has been presented with the Public Officials Award during the Water Environment Federation’s Celebration of Excellence Reception and Ceremony held at the McCormick Place Convention Center recently. The Public Officials Award is presented to an elected or appointed public official that has made a documented significan ...

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“Put Down the Guns and Pick up the Cause”: Peace and Unity Rally

Leaders and young people came together to put down the guns and pick up the cause:  “Peace in the ‘Hood”.  Recently at the Allison Foundation Community Center, 4540 W. Washington ave., Rep. Derrick Smith hosted the rally that promoted peace and discussed the importance of unity, and community togetherness can benefit children and young adults.  Also in attendance was Congressman Danny K. Davis, alongside su ...

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Five Chicago Business Leaders Honored “Living Legends/Passing the Torch”Award

The Black United Fund of Illinois honored five extraordinary Chicago entrepreneurs at its 13th Annual “Living Legends/Passing the Torch©” Awards Benefit on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at The DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. With the 2013 theme The Year of the Ancestors, the organization honored posthumously Cleophas Barnes for passing the torch to his daughter, Dr. Kyra Barnes, a dentis ...

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The Federal Shutdown is Very Personal

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist In the interest of full disclosure, I work for the largest labor union in the federal sector:  the American Federation of Government Employees.  But I am not writing on their behalf or because I was told to do so. This is personal. Federal employees are largely invisible. Actually, we take them for granted.  With certain exceptions such as TSA and the VA, most of us thin ...

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Yes, Mental Illness Affects ‘Us’

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist On Monday, Sept. 16 the news was shocking: A contract employee who worked at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., later identified as Aaron Alexis, killed 12 innocent people in the facility before he was killed by police. For many African Americans, our first thought was: “I hope it wasn’t one of us.” On Oct. 3, there was another disturbing incident in the nation’s capital: A ...

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